Latest by Christine Kennard

Caregiver Skills in Moderate, Mid Stage Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease can broadly be categorized in seven stages. I have put together some tips to help you become a more effective caregiver during the Moderate stage (5 and 6) of Alzheimer’s. First Big Rule: Caregivers Must Look After Themselves You ...

How Does Alcohol-Related Dementia Differ From Alzheimer's?

Alcohol abuse is recognized as a major health problem in the United States and in many countries throughout the world. Alcohol may cause cognitive problems and in certain conditions may cause dementia. Let’s look at what role alcohol has in causing a...

Seven Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

Several models have been developed that describe the progressive worsening of symptoms and the loss of function of Alzheimer’s disease. One of the most commonly used is the Global Deterioration Scale (GDS) developed by B Reisberg and colleagues. It i...

How Does Dementia Due to Head Injury Differ from Alzheimer's Disease?

A number of medical conditions can cause dementia. Some are reversible while others can lead to more permanent states of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for about 55 percent of all dementia cases. Dementia due to head injury is comparatively r...

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: What it is and how it Differs from Alzheimer's

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, very rapid progressive form of dementia. Unlike Alzheimer’s where causes have been identified as neurofibrillary tangles and a sticky protein called beta amyloid, in CJD proteinaceous infectious particles, b...

How Does HIV/AIDS Dementia Differ from Alzheimer's?

Infection used to be the main cause of dementia. Treatment for infections and inflammation of the central nervous system (CNS) has dramatically decreased the incidence of infection-related dementia. But there has been one infectious disease that has ...

How Does Huntington's Dementia Differ From Alzheimer's?

Huntington’s disease (HD), also known as Huntington’s Chorea, is an inherited progressive form of dementia. The disease, first described by Dr. George Huntington in 1872, is a predominantly inherited one. Although Alzheimer’s disease (AD) can be inhe...

How Does Vascular Dementia Differ from Alzheimer's?

Vascular dementia (VaD) is the second most common type of dementia after Alzheimer’s and is responsible for up to 25% of all dementias. VaD, previously known as multi infarct dementia, like Alzheimer’s, is caused by brain damage. The crucial differen...

How Does Lewy Body Dementia Differ from Alzheimer's?

Lewy body dementia (DLB) is increasingly being seen as one of the most common forms of dementia. Like vascular dementia, it is believed to be the second most common type after Alzheimer’s. In this type of dementia the cause of the brain damage is dif...

Terry Pratchett has Posterior Cortical Atrophy (Benson's Syndrome) a Rare Type of Alzheimer's

Before the best selling author Terry Pratchett announced he had been diagnosed with a rare form of Alheimer’s, few people would ever have heard of Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA). First described by Frank Benson in 1988, and sometimes referred to as ...